Preparations for our fourth annual MobileBeat conference are speeding along. Today, we’re announcing our thirdround of speakers for the event: Rich Miner, partner at Google Ventures; Tim Schaaff, president of Sony Network Entertainment; Laura Chambers, senior director of PayPal Mobile; Omar Green, director of strategic mobile initiatives at Intuit; and Humphrey Chen, executive director of new technologies development at Verizon Wireless. You can find all of our current speakers here.
MobileBeat 2011 is taking place on July 12 – 13 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. We’re convening the brightest minds from across all sectors of the industry to explore who will win in what we’re calling “the 4G Nirvana.”
4G mobile networks have been talked about for some time, but this year they’re finally becoming readily available in the US. Verizon launched its LTE 4G network last December, AT&T is planning to get its LTE network up over the summer, and T-Mobile is steadily pushing up the speeds of its network into 4G territory. And let’s not forget that Sprint has had its 4G network up and running for years.
We’re betting that the plethora of 4G offerings will drive the mobile industry through an even more radical transformation: Joined with faster mobile chips, new operating systems and tablets, the promise of full mobile computing is now a reality.
Rich Miner has over 25 years of experience growing businesses with innovative communications and interface-intensive applications. Rich came to Google through the acquisition of Android, a mobile platforms company that he co-founded. During his early years at Google, he helped lead the development of the Android platform and ecosystem. Prior to Android, Rich was a Vice President at Orange, where he led R&D activities in North America and was an original principal at Orange Ventures when it was founded.
Tim Schaaff joined Sony Corporation of America in 2005 in the newly created position of Senior Vice President, Software Development. In 2007 he was appointed President, Sony Media Software and Services, and in 2010 he assumed the role of President, Sony Network Entertainment. Mr. Schaaff is responsible for the development of Sony’s digital services businesses and infrastructure. He has global responsibility for strategy and business development related to network services, alignment of Sony-wide network services activities, and delivery of network services to all relevant Sony product platforms.
Laura Chambers is senior director of PayPal Mobile with overall responsibilities focused on “mobilizing PayPal” and bringing outstanding PayPal applications and features onto the mobile platform. Laura leads the design and development of PayPal mobile, ensuring excellent end-to-end mobile experiences for all PayPal customers. She also directs the development of mobile Web technologies and helps to develop and communicate PayPal strategy and financial plans across the organization.
Omar Green is director of strategic mobile initiatives at Intuit, where he is responsible for the company’s overall mobile strategy and for driving its execution across Intuit’s business units. Omar has been at the center of several recent mobile application launches at Intuit, including mobile payment processing service GoPayment, which has already processed millions of dollars in transactions for the company’s small business customers.
Humphrey D. Chen is Executive Director of New Technologies Development for Verizon Wireless and is focused on accelerating the commercialization of innovative Venture-backed technologies amidst the increasingly competitive market dynamics within the wireless world. Prior to joining Verizon Wireless, Humphrey was responsible for driving the Google and Microsoft strategy for Avaya in the area of Enterprise Unified Communication.
We’ll be exploring the most disruptive mobile trends at our fourth annual MobileBeat 2011 conference, on July 12-13 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. It will focus on the rise of 4G and how it delivers the promise of true mobile computing. We’re also accepting entries for our mobile startup competition at the show. MobileBeat is co-located with our GamesBeat 2011 conference this year. To register, click on this link. Sponsors include Verizon Wireless, Qualcomm, Flurry, Greystripe, Box, Moolah Media, Tapjoy, AT&T Interactive, YuMe, Zong, Kontagent, Papaya Mobile, Acaltel-Lucent, Spil Games, BluePoint Security, PayPal, Xyologic, VSC, and Vantage Communications.